In recent years, home buyers have been rediscovering established communities such as Center Gate in Sarasota, a subdivision initially developed in the late 1970s for senior citizens and seasonal residents. These days, Center Gate is attracting more first-time home buyers and families who are looking for a reasonably priced and convenient suburban location complete with neighborhood amenities.
Although there are hundreds of single-family residences and maintenance-free villas in the various sections of Center Gate, you will only find a few listings available at any given time. Homeowners are known to hold on their Center Gate properties for decades, and listings tend to be sold rather quickly. With prices starting under $235K for a three-bedroom Florida ranch with two bathrooms and 1,804 square feet of living space, it is easy to understand why Center Gate listings do not stay on the market for too long. Properties with more than 1,900 square feet of interior can be negotiated for less than $340K.
Each section of Center Gate is managed by its own homeowners association. Monthly fees are reasonable and may cover more than the maintenance of common areas; some sections also include basic cable television as part of the HOA fees. The maintenance-free villas are deed-restricted for senior citizens and are more likely to feature amenities such as swimming pools, fitness centers and clubhouses. The most desirable sections of Center Gate feature small lakes, ponds and green areas that provide more appealing views.
The Centergate Plaza shopping district is another reason this subdivision remains popular year after year. Located on the northeast corner of Center Gate, this shopping center features a Publix supermarket, Walgreens and Bealls Outlet. Just across the road from Centergate Plaza is the Bee Ridge Square shopping center, which offers a Walmart, Home Depot, L.A. Fitness gym, and Burlington store. Nearby family attractions include Urfer Park and the Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Driving from Center Gate to either Siesta Key Beach or Downtown Sarasota takes less than 30 minutes.